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Malicious Code Propagation and Antivirus Software Updates

Recent reports to the CERT/CC have highlighted two chronic problems: 1) The speed at which viruses are spreading is increasing. This echoes the trend toward faster propagation rates seen in the past few years in self-propagating malicious code (i.e., worms). Beginning with the Code Red worm (CA-2001-19, CA-2001-23) in 2001 up through the Slammer worm (CA-2003-04) earlier this year, we have seen worm propagation times drop from hours to minutes. 2) In a number of the reports, users who were compromised may have been under the incorrect impression that merely having antivirus software installed was enough to protect them from all malicious code attacks. This is simply a mistaken assumption, and users must always exercise caution when handling email attachments or other code or data from untrustworthy sources. Full Story

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